Step 1: Basic Requirements

First-Time Home Schoolers

  • Acquire a notice of intent to home school and a waiver form from your local public school superintendent or download and print it by clicking here.
  • Fill out the notice of intent and waiver form.
  • Sign the notice of intent in the presence of a notary if any of your children enrolled in a home school will be taking the driver test. Click here for more information on how home schoolers obtain a driver license.
  • Keep a photocopy of the completed notice of intent and waiver form for your records.
  • Turn the completed notice of intent and waiver forms in to the local public school superintendent by the close of business on August 15 for to home school during the fall semester and by the close of business on December 15 to home school for the spring semester.
  • First time home schoolers must turn the notice of intent and waiver forms in to the superintendent’s office in person.

Note: Some public schools may ask home schoolers to complete additional forms developed by the local school district. State law does not require the completion of these forms. Some public school superintendents have asked to interview home schoolers when they submit their forms. State law does not require this.

Students Who Have Moved Into The School District

  • All of the above must be done within 30 days.

Transferring From a Public School to a Home School During the Fall or Spring Semesters

Students may transfer from a public school to a home school at any time during the fall or spring semesters. Certain restrictions may apply. The public school superintendent may require that the student wait 14 calendar days before being allowed to transfer to a home school. Public school students who are under disciplinary or who have excessive unexcused absences may not transfer to a home school during the semester until the disciplinary action has been resolved or excessive unexcused absences have been addressed. The superintendent may waive the 14 calendar day waiting period or any disciplinary action and allow the student to transfer immediately to the home school. Superintendents may not prevent the transfer of public school students to a home school after the 14 calendar day waiting period unless the student is under some type of disciplinary action. The 14 calendar day waiting period begins at the time the notice of intent and waiver forms are turned in to the superintendent.

  • Acquire a notice of intent to home school and a waiver form from your local public school superintendent or download and print it by clicking here.
  • Fill out the notice of intent and waiver form.
  • Sign the notice of intent in the presence of a notary if any of your children enrolled in a home school will be taking the driver test. Click here for more information on how home schoolers obtain a driver license.
  • Keep a photocopy of the completed notice of intent and waiver form for your records.
  • Turn the completed notice of intent and waiver forms in to the local public school superintendent in person. If the superintendent contests the student’s transfer and requires the 14 calendar day waiting period.
  • Inform the superintendent the date and time you turned in your notice of intent and waiver forms and the date your child will be transferring from public school to home school. The superintendent has the ability to deny the student’s transfer to a home school if the student is under disciplinary action or has excessive unexcused absences.  The parent will need to ask the superintendent to make an exception and allow the student to leave any way.  It is up to the superintendent whether the child may leave at that point.  If the superintendent denies the student’s ability to transfer to a home school, the parent must leave the student in school and can complete the transfer to home school once the disciplinary action has been concluded.
  • Find out what needs to be done to resolve the problem and take necessary steps.

Note: The local school board may override any decision made by a superintendent.